Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

Taiwan: Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products

(May 13, 2013) On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become law, would, respectively, increase the taxes and the health surcharge on tobacco products. (ROC Cabinet OKs […]

Indonesia: New Tobacco Control Law

(Jan. 16, 2013) On December 24, 2012, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the Tobacco Control Regulation. Within the next 18 months, cigarette producers and importers will have to comply with its provisions, which include stricter rules on distribution and marketing of cigarettes. (Arientha Primanitha, Tobacco Bill Requires Graphic Warnings to Be Displayed on Cigarette […]

Norway: Tobacco Display Ban Upheld

(Oct. 1, 2012) On September 14, 2012, the Oslo District Court issued a ruling upholding <?Norway's ban on the display of tobacco products. The ban had come into force on January 1, 2010, based on the 2009 amendment of the 1973 Tobacco Control Act. (Press Release, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway’s Tobacco Display […]

Czech Republic: Further Smoking Restrictions Contemplated

(Sept. 4, 2012) It was reported in June 2012 that the Health Ministry of the Czech Republic was preparing to tighten the country’s anti-smoking legislation through the adoption of new measures protecting against damage caused by addictive substances. Under the proposed legislation, restaurants would be required to ban smoking unless they provide a separate room […]

Australia: Plain Packaging Law Upheld by High Court

(Aug. 16, 2012) On August 15, 2012, the High Court of Australia rejected a constitutional challenge to legislation passed in November 2011 that will require plain packaging of cigarettes. (High Court of Australia, Summary of Pronouncement of Orders: JT International SA v Commonwealth of Australia; British American Tobacco Australasia Limited & Ors v Commonwealth of […]

Turkey: Tobacco Control Law Tightened

(July 25, 2012) On July 4, 2012, the Turkish Parliament (the Grand National Assembly, Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi, or TBMM), passed amendments to the Law on the Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products (Tütün Ürünlerinin Zararlarinin Önlenmesi ve Kontrolü Hakkinda Kanun, Law No. 4207). One amendment bans brand stretching – “the application of […]

Ukraine: New Restrictions on Smoking Introduced

(May 31, 2012) On May 24, 2012, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine adopted a law amending several previously passed laws regulating consumption of tobacco products (Text of the law [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada website (last visited May 25, 2012)). The law, which was introduced by a group of Rada members last November, expands the […]

Denmark: New Smoking Law Controversial

(Apr. 24, 2012) A new smoking law agreed to on April 21, 2012, in Denmark, will impose a ban on smoking in educational institutions designed for children and youths and in single-person offices. Staff members will be able to smoke on the grounds of schools only in their private quarters and only when no students […]

New Zealand: Legislation Requiring Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products to Be Developed

(Apr. 23, 2012) On April 19, 2012, New Zealand's Associate Health Minister, Hon. Tariana Turia, announced that the Cabinet had agreed in principle to develop legislation requiring plain packaging for tobacco products. However, any proposed legislation will be subject to a public consultation process, to be conducted later this year. (Press Release, Hon. Tariana Turia, […]

Indonesia: Stricter Anti-Tobacco Rules Being Drafted

(Feb. 23, 2012) On February 21, 2012, Bambang Sulistomo, an advisor to Indonesia's Health Ministry, announced the country would be going forward with stricter rules on tobacco sales and labeling. The plans have been under discussion since 2010 and have faced opposition from the tobacco industry. At present, the goal is to prohibit sales of […]